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  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Takeover rules, defence cuts, hotel issues

    Wednesday 20 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Bidders for UK stock market listed companies must lay out more detailed plans for their target, including location of its head office and research and development investment, under proposed rules put forward by the takeover watchdog and backed by the government. The new rules, which were published in a consultation document on Tuesday, also give companies, unions and other employee representatives more time to respond to bids in changes which follow the controversial £115bn attempted takeover of Unilever by Kraft Heinz earlier this year. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: FCA debt warning, Hurricane Maria, Trump at the UN

    Tuesday 19 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The government needs to step in to help tackle the mountain of debt being racked up by the most vulnerable consumers in Britain, the chief financial regulator has warned, as new data shows that personal debt burdens are continuing to rise. New figures seen by the Guardian showed the worsening consequences of Britain's borrowing binge. According to the Money Advice Service, there are now 8.3 million people in the UK with problem debts. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: 'Footnotes' debt, trains, housebuilders, gambling

    Monday 18 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The world's top financial watchdog has uncovered $14 trillion of global dollar debt hidden in derivatives and swap contracts, a startling sum that doubles the underlying levels of offshore dollar credit in the international system. The scale of this lending greatly increases the risk of a future funding crisis if inflation ever forces the US Federal Reserve to tighten hard, draining worldwide liquidity and potentially triggering a dollar surge. - Telegraph

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Esure, Ryanair, bank complaints, Libor, Evening Standard

    Sunday 17 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Insurance tycoon Sir Peter Wood is attempting to orchestrate a sale of his £1bn stock market-listed empire Esure, according to senior City sources. Wood, 71, who is worth £693m according to The Sunday Times Rich List, has held informal discussions with potential buyers over a deal to offload his controlling 30.7% stake in the London-listed company - a move that would trigger a bid for the whole business. - The Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Sky, Sports Direct, Channel 4, RBS

    Friday 15 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - James Murdoch has warned the government not to turn its back on 21st Century Fox's bid for Sky as the UK prepares to leave the European Union, claiming Brexit makes it more important than ever that the country attracts investment. Murdoch said he was looking forward to going through the regulatory process on the deal if the UK "truly is open for business", and defended his track record as chief executive and chairman of Sky, saying that "has to count for something". - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Brexit, pubs, Silicon Valley, Sky

    Thursday 14 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The UK will not water down rules to protect its financial services sector in the wake of Brexit, the chancellor said on Wednesday as he sent a message to his counterparts in the EU that he would not tolerate protectionist measures being imposed to lure business way. Philip Hammond also told his audience of financiers in a set-piece speech in the City that his priority was to devise policies that would allow the UK to retain its place as a leading global financial centre. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Public pay, bank warning, Amazon, Brexit

    Wednesday 13 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Theresa May's government faces months of strife over public sector pay after a decision to lift the 1% annual cap on increases was met with derision from Labour and renewed threats of strikes by trade unions. Following months of pressure over the issue, Downing Street simultaneously announced above 1% pay rises for police and prison officers in the last of the 2017-18 deals, and a wider commitment to "flexibility" for all public sector workers from next year. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Brexit vote, defence plans, FOBTs, balance transfers

    Tuesday 12 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Senior Tory MPs yesterday warned ministers that they would have to accept changes to their flagship Brexit legislation or face defeats when the bill returns to the Commons next month. Ministers last night won a comfortable victory at the European withdrawal bill's second reading, with seven Labour MPs joining the DUP in supporting the government and no Conservative MPs voting against it. After more than 13 hours of debate, the government secured a majority of 36, with 326 votes for and 290 against. - The Times

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Consumer spending, PPI, NI's £1bn, hurricane cost

    Monday 11 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Consumer spending is set for its weakest year since 2013 due to inflation and lacklustre wage growth. Expenditure on clothing was down again last month despite retailers promoting back-to-school ranges while spending on transport and communications fell for an eighth consecutive month as shoppers continued to rein in major purchases such as cars. - The Times

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Emerisque Brands, Google, Bell Pottinger, Lloyds, BP

    Sunday 10 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - An Indian deal-maker who is on Interpol's wanted list is working on a takeover of three high street chains. Emerisque Brands, a private equity firm founded by Ajay Khaitan, has entered exclusive talks to buy the fashion retailers Oasis, Warehouse and Coast from the Icelandic bank Kaupthing. - The Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: BCC gloom, BoE lending, alcohol, Aramco

    Friday 08 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Britain is locked into a "low growth trajectory" that will see GDP growth dip next year while the eurozone shrugs off Brexit uncertainty to stretch ahead, according to a leading business group. The British Chambers of Commerce said a squeeze on household budgets and the failure of exporters to capitalise on the low pound meant the UK was "treading water". - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Brexit leak, RBS, Royal Mail, Woodford

    Thursday 07 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - No 10 has been asking major UK companies to sign a letter supporting its Brexit strategy, despite concerns in the corporate world about how immigration and trade will be affected. The letter, first seen by Sky News, was circulated to some FTSE 100 chiefs and others leaders but it was soon leaked by a company furious that Downing Street wanted it to support a plan that would be damaging to the interests of businesses. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Free movement, divorce bill, insurance, Royal Mail

    Wednesday 06 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Britain will end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and introduce restrictions to deter all but highly-skilled EU workers under detailed proposals set out in a Home Office document. The 82-page paper, marked as extremely sensitive and dated August 2017, sets out for the first time how Britain intends to approach the politically charged issue of immigration, dramatically refocusing policy to put British workers first. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Bell Pottinger, North Sea, Sports Direct, spending

    Tuesday 05 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Bell Pottinger, one of the City's leading public relations agencies, has been expelled from the industry's trade association after an investigation found its secret campaign to stir up racial tensions in South Africa to be the worst breach of ethics in its history. The Public Relations and Communications Association said Bell Pottinger was unethical and unprofessional, had brought the industry into disrepute and has banned the firm from its membership for at least five years. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Inflation, HSBC, Destiny Pharma

    Monday 04 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Worries about rising inflation among UK consumers are at their greatest in three and a half years, while people's confidence in Britain's financial situation has worsened, according to a survey. A monthly poll by Lloyds Bank found that 65% of people felt negative about levels of inflation in July, up from 60% in June and the highest level since January 2014. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Google, Bell Pottinger, Sports Direct, smart meters, HSBC

    Sunday 03 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Google faces a multibillion-euro fine by the European Commission for using its Android smartphone software to stifle competition. The record-breaking penalty could be imposed as soon as this month, according to industry and legal sources in Brussels. Other insiders said the commission may wait until later in the year before sanctioning Google. - The Sunday Times

  • Friday newspaper round-up: Philip Green, John Lewis, SSE, VW

    Friday 01 Sep 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Sir Philip Green has threatened the MP Frank Field with legal action after the Labour politician claimed to have seen leaked details of the official investigation into the BHS pension crisis. Last week Field told a radio programme that he has new information from the original investigation launched by the Pensions Regulator into the £571m BHS pension black hole left by the owners when the high street chain collapsed in April last year. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Brexit impasse, energy cap, house prices, BP

    Thursday 31 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - The UK has told EU negotiators their sums on the Brexit bill do not add up, as talks on Britain's separation from the bloc hit deadlock. Tensions boiled over in Brussels as the EU accused Britain of failing to reveal its hand on the financial settlement. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Credit card lenders, Fox News, ASOS

    Wednesday 30 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Credit card lenders appear to be targeting people struggling with unaffordable levels of debt, according to a new report calling on Britain's financial watchdog to intervene. Research from Citizens Advice finds almost one in five people struggling with debts have had their credit card limit raised without them requesting it. The charity has demanded the Financial Conduct Authority bans the practice, amid growing concerns over a boom in lending. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: North Korea, Brexit talks, services sector, builders

    Tuesday 29 Aug 2017

    (ShareCast News) - Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe have vowed to increase pressure on North Korea after the regime launched a missile over Japan on Tuesday morning. The Japanese prime minister denounced the launch as an "unprecedented and grave threat" to the country's security. In a 40-minute phone call with Trump, they agreed to call for an emergency meeting of the UN security council to discuss the situation. - Guardian

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